Work with BookTrust

BookTrust is the UK's largest reading charity. Each year we reach millions of children across the UK with books, resources and support.

Our books and resources are delivered via health, library, schools and early years practitioners and are supported with guidance to encourage the development of a reading habit. Reading for pleasure has a dramatic impact on educational outcomes, wellbeing and social mobility and is also a huge pleasure in itself. We are committed to starting children on their reading journey and supporting them throughout.

Please note: Our usual home, unless otherwise specified, is Battersea Studios in London. We are currently a 'work from home' organisation due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. This will be reviewed on an ongoing basis in line with government guidance.

Communications Officer

Location: Battersea, London
Contract: Full time, permanent
Salary: £30,000 per annum

BookTrust is looking to recruit an experienced communications officer to play a key role in helping us raise our profile and promote the cause of reading to a diverse range of audiences.

We're looking for an ambitious and proactive individual with at least three years' experience to join our busy team. The right candidate will have solid press office or PR agency experience, but also be someone who's used to working collaboratively in a multichannel and integrated comms environment. Your focus will be on supporting the development and delivery of communications plans, producing great content and delivering impactful media coverage.

You should be able to craft compelling copy – from captivating press releases to feature pieces; memorable quotes to case studies - that helps build our profile and showcase the exciting work we are delivering to bring the benefits of reading to families in most need. You'll work closely with internal and external stakeholders to tease out their insight, experience and opinions and use this to develop and pitch insightful and thought-provoking articles, blogs and opinion pieces that you know will resonate with our audiences.

We're looking for someone with an eye for a story and with the tenacity, drive and creative thinking to follow up an idea and create a media opportunity as part of their day-to-day work.

If you're passionate about the difference compelling communications can make and looking for a nurturing and supportive place of work with plenty of opportunity for development, this is the role for you.

To apply, you must submit your CV and attach a covering letter of no more than two pages to outlining your suitability in relation to the person specification.

Closing date: Sunday, 24 October 2021 at 9pm
Interviews: Interviews are scheduled to take place at the beginning of November. They will be held remotely and candidates will be asked to conduct an exercise as part of the interview process.

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Senior Digital Marketing Officer

Location: Battersea, London
Contract: Full time, permanent
Starting salary: £32,000 per annum

We are looking for a digitally-focused marketing officer to join our marketing team to help deliver effective marketing plans of BookTrust programmes and campaigns. You'll play a key role in executing digital marketing campaigns through paid social advertising and PPC to drive registrations to our traded programmes. You'll also build and send our emails, (including newsletters, retention and acquisition emails), creating engaging content, and provide reporting and analysis. The post holder will be responsible for:

  • Day to day management of our paid social/PPC campaigns including:
    • Ensuring images/media adhere to best practice
    • Testing and audience targeting
    • Making changes to improve performance and to be reactive to external factors
  • Building, testing and sending newsletters and other emails as needed (via ClickDimensions)
  • Selecting the best and most relevant content for our different audiences
  • Providing regular reporting and analysis of emails/newsletters.

We're looking for a candidate with a real passion for digital marketing. You must have demonstrable experience working with an email marketing platform and hands-on experience and understanding of best practice on PPC/paid social ad campaigns.

To apply, please submit your CV and covering letter here:

Closing date: Friday, 5 November 2021 at 9am
Interviews: Interviews will either be face to face or via Microsoft Teams or Zoom. Dates TBC.

Our commitment to diversity and inclusivity

We aim to provide an inclusive recruitment process and actively welcome applications from diverse talent pools: BAME candidates, candidates with disabilities and long-term conditions and candidates from under-represented communities.

We are committed to equality of opportunity and want to ensure we have an accessible application process for all candidates. If you need any reasonable adjustments or would like us to do anything differently during the application process, please contact our HR team on or 020 7801 8855/8856 to discuss your requirements further.

In order that our equality policy is effective we carry out regular monitoring of job applicants, and we would therefore ask you to complete the equality monitoring form.This information will be kept centrally within our secure HR department, completely separate from your recruitment application form and will be used for the sole purpose of compiling statistical information. The information will be separated from the application form and will not be given to the selection panel. The completed monitoring form will be destroyed once the information given in it has been collated.

BookTrust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. The recruitment and selection process reflect our commitment to safeguarding, therefore the suitability of all prospective employees will be assessed during the recruitment process in line with this commitment, with pre-employment checks.

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